Water Journal : Water Journal November 2014
NOVEMBER 2014 WATER 9 CrossCurrent New South Wales The Chief Scientist & Engineer has released the nal report from her 19-month independent review of coal seam gas activities in New South Wales. The report presents the ndings of Professor Mary O'Kane's independent review, as well as 16 recommendations to Government. Overall, the review found many of the technical challenges and risks posed by the CSG industry can in general be managed through careful designation of areas appropriate for CSG extraction, high standards of engineering and professionalism in CSG companies, creation of a State Whole-of Environment Data Repository, comprehensive monitoring of CSG operations with ongoing scrutiny of collected data, a well-trained and certi ed workforce, and applying new technologies as they become available. The $18.6 million integrated surveillance, monitoring, automation and remote telemetry (ISMART) project, which will allow State Water to remotely operate and manage dams, weirs, regulators and urban water systems, is one step closer to becoming a realisation following contract award to the prime contractor Hunter Water Australia (HWA) last month. The project is one of a number of state-of-the-art technology upgrades currently being undertaken. Works packages one to three, including management plans and site and system audits, are due for completion by December 2015. Queensland The Queensland Government says its $80 billion debt would be reduced and funds would be freed up for job-creating infrastructure under the nal Strong Choices plan to lease some government- owned assets. Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, said the Government had listened to Queenslanders and responded to their feedback about retaining their stake in public assets. Mr Newman said the Government would also continue payments to the electricity companies to keep prices for regional Queenslanders in line with prices in the south-east. Stanthorpe families and farmers will have access to a larger, more secure water supply after Queensland's independent Coordinator-General approved the $76 million Emu Swamp Dam project. Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, said the project would create up to 145 jobs during construction and secure Stanthorpe's future water needs. "Stanthorpe is renowned as a top- quality fruit-producing region, growing the majority of the State's apples and stone fruit and about half its grapes," Mr Seeney said. Western Australia About 4,600 properties in the Margaret River area will bene t from a $67 million upgrade to the local water supply scheme. The Water Corporation carried out the upgrade in two stages. The rst $48 million stage involved equipping a new bore, construction of a new water treatment plant at Lilly Road and 25 kilometres of pipelines to connect these facilities to Ten Mile Brook Dam. The $19 million second stage included a new 15 million-litre water storage tank next to the WTP, transfer pumping and gravity supply mains, an upgrade of the Ten Mile Brook Dam drinking water pump station and treatment facilities. Victoria A new $1.8 million pipeline and pump station will provide a more reliable water supply to 30 farms near Murchison, the Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, has announced. Launching the new Central Goulburn No 1 Pipeline and Pump Station, Mr Walsh said it was a signi cant milestone in the modernisation of the wider Central Goulburn irrigation area. A new of ce for water brokers, Water nd, has opened in Mildura. "Water brokers play an important role in developing water markets by bringing buyers and sellers together. As a large and innovative broker, Water nd is an asset to the community of Mildura and water trading in the region," said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. "Water markets have been critical in helping farmers and others manage marked reductions in water availability during the most recent prolonged drought," he said. The Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, has launched Ballarat and region's water future, the rst whole-of-water-cycle management framework for a Victorian regional city. A whole-of- water-cycle approach is about being smarter, more ef cient and more responsible with all of our water sources to take the pressure off precious drinking water supplies," Mr Walsh said. Mr Walsh also announced four new innovative water projects around the Ballarat region. The Macalister Irrigation District (MID) has launched the $1.6 million Hey eld Regulator Retro t Program, which will save water and boost productivity. Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan, and Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs and The Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, launched the project in September 2014. Mr Ryan said the program had upgraded 18 kilometres of old channel infrastructure and was a major step forward in the modernisation of the Macalister Irrigation District. The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $833,000 to deliver the next stage of Seymour's ood mitigation project. Minister for Water Peter Walsh visited Seymour to make the announcement. "The Victorian Coalition understands the devastating impact that oods can have on communities and businesses," Mr Walsh said. The $9.3 million Seymour ood mitigation project is being jointly funded by the Victorian Coalition Government, the Commonwealth Government and Mitchell Shire, through the National Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme.
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